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A look at the city’s smallest historic districts

There are some 139 historic districts in NYC. Some of those districts are huge, like the Greenwich Village Historic District, which has 2,193 buildings. But there are also districts that are surprisingly small, comprised of only a few buildings. Here is a look at those small, historically significant areas in NYC via Curbed. The Perry Avenue Historic District in Bedford Park in the Bronx is a row of Queen Anne-style homes was constructed between 1910 … [more]

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Tame fun translates to pricey amenities in luxury homes across the country: VIDEO

It started with bocce and it led to shuffleboard. Now an increasing number of homeowners are spending big bucks to add old timey game areas to their luxury spreads. According to the Wall Street Journal, aging baby boomers looking for less strenuous activities have revived games like bocce, horseshoes, shuffleboard and croquet. And the tame fun has even gained popularity among younger people. “It’s a little bit active, a little bit physical but not serious, … [more]

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“Bankruptcy Baron” may live to buy again

After years of fighting creditors, James McGown – the so-called “Bankruptcy Baron”— is seeing his real estate empire crumble. McGown, who Crain’s once wrote has filed “so many Chapter 11’s, he could write a book,” is being forced to sell his Red Hook property, an abandoned four-story walk-up at 300 Van Brunt Street. He will also unload a Carroll Gardens bar and two Gowanus apartment buildings, in a series of auctions ordered by the U.S. … [more]

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It’s a place to sleep, but is it art?

On the uber cool streets of Bushwick, even a homeless guy’s camp can become art. Elias Avellaneda’s home is on a Bushwick sidewalk. He even has a little living room, complete with a sofa. He says his home is a “living installation” composed of found objects. The cops say he is a bum. “They came by complaining and trying to get me to leave at least 50 times,” the 34-year-old “artist” told the New York … [more]

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From the archive: Open houses on “crack”

Open houses have always been an important part of residential sales in New York City, but they’ve recently taken on a new significance due to the severe shortage of inventory in the city, brokers said. Often, desperate buyers are now packing into open houses, making on-the-spot offers and replacing a once staid experience with an atmosphere of frenzied competition. That means listing brokers often have only one shot to get the highest possible price for … [more]

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Fire in celebrity-filled building ignites lawsuits

A fire that damaged several posh celebrity-owned apartments at 75 Central Park West last spring has now ignited a lawsuit. The rags left by workers during a renovation at actress Amy Irving’s $9 million three-bedroom apartment at 75 Central Park West started a fire that damaged actor Hank Azaria’s apartment a few floors up. Now Azaria, who was once married actress Helen Hunt, is suing for $58,000 in damages, according to the New York Post. … [more]

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China’s housing frenzy is still on

Home prices in China are “high and hard to accept,” said 53.7 percent of the respondents in a survey by the People’s Bank of China, published in the People’s Daily, the official paper of the Communist Party. Only 42.9 percent found them “acceptable.” And only 23.1 percent predicted that they would rise next quarter, while 11.9 percent expected them to fall. But that isn’t stopping people from wanting to participate in this frenzy. “Nevertheless, the ratio … [more]

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Sip a martini inside this incredible mid-century time capsule

From Luxury Listings NYC: “Slip on your smoking jacket, turn on the Sinatra and pour yourself a martini… you’re home!” declares the listing for Dallas’ “Smith House”, a mid-century modern home in Dallas that just hit the market. [more] … [more]

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LPC considers landmark status for Midtown’s Ambassador Grill

It may be closed to public, but the Ambassador Grill restaurant inside the ONE UN New York hotel at East 44th Street and United Nations Plaza could soon become a landmark. The city will consider giving landmark status to the interior on November 22, a spokeswoman for the Landmarks Preservation Commission told DNAinfo. The restaurant closed last year for renovations, worrying preservationists. An activist named Theodore Grunewald apparently snuck in and saw what looked like … [more]

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Long Island Roaring 20s estate with gilding galore hits the market

From Luxury Listings NYC: In 1926, Percy Pyne – the grandson of Moses Taylor, the director and president of City Bank of New York — bought the last large tract of farmland still available in Roslyn Harbor. There he developed a 90-acre estate that some 80 years later is back on the market for $5.8 million. [more] … [more]

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